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Are you thinking about entering the Caring for the Kenai contest? Well, you should! And here’s why…

  • Cash prizes!
  • Help your community stay healthy for years to come
  • Scholarships
  • Student Recognition Awards
  • Knowing that you gave back to your community!


This contest is all about ideas.  It encourages students to think “outside the box” and develop their creative thinking capacity.  Some of the best ideas aren’t always the most conventional.  Here is a list of issues the communities on the Kenai Peninsula are facing. You may choose to work on one of these problems.  Keep in mind this list is by no means comprehensive.  There are plenty of other issues out there that you might consider tackling.

Potential Idea List

2017-18 Timeline – Important dates to remember

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – Teacher In-Service at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, Kenai
  • Friday, January 12, 2018 – Rough Draft Entry Deadline
  • Thursday, February 1, 2018 – Commenters Deadline
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – Contest Entry Deadline
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – 12 Finalists Selected
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018- Oral Presentation competition for finalists
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 27th Anniversary VIP Awards Banquet at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, Kenai

Student Proposal Requirements
This document can be used by teachers, students, and parents to help show what makes a winning proposal.

AB Pile Judges’ Criteria– This document gives an idea of how the essays are sorted into the ‘A’ and ‘B’ piles.

Judges’ Scoring Rubric– This document gives an idea of how the judging is conducted at the semi-finalist scoring.

Oral Presentation Judging Rubric – This document provides snapshot of how students are judged during the Oral Presentation of the finalists.

Oral Presentation Long Rubric – This gives a detailed look at the specific criteria of the oral judging process.

Tech Instructions For Oral Presentations 2017-18

Frequently Asked Questions

Final Scoring at the Oral Presentation – The FINAL scores for the twelve contest finalists will be calculated accordingly: 1/3 semi-finalist round score and 2/3 oral presentation score.  The total final score determines the winners and placing.

Past Oral Presentations

We also encourage students to view the past  oral presentations. You can find them at the following addresses. Please note you will need Windows Media Player to view the presentations.

Click here to view 2017’s Oral Presentation

Example Essays & Writing Tips

Proposal Writing Tips – This is a link to a five step outline to help you write a winning proposal.


Student Grant Resources

Below are some grants available to students, which can help bring your ideas a big step closer to reality!

There are many more opportunities, especially for students! These are just a sample. If your project is ocean-related, you may also consider reaching out to these organizations for support:

  • United Cook Inlet Drift Association – Commercial Drifters
  • Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association – Fisheries Research
  • Kenai River Sportfishing Association – Sportfishing
  • Kenai River Professional Guide Association – Sportfishing
  • Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association – Commercial Fishing
  • United Fishermen of Alaska – Commercial Fishing
  • Cordova District Fishermen United – Prince William Sound
  • Alaska Charter Association – Homer
  • Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association – Kodiak
  • Seldovia Native Association – Seldovia
  • Cook Inletkeeper – Watershed Protection